Sony RX10 IV review

Fourth generation of Sony’s premium-build bridge camera doesn’t fix what ain’t broke, but adds touch screen and enhanced AF performance

Sony RX10 IV review
(Image: © Gavin Stoker/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sony hasn’t re-written its own headlines with the RX10 IV. The key talking points are still a 20MP effective resolution derived from a one-inch sensor, plus 25x optical zoom reach. Outwardly identical to the previous generation model, how this bridge camera chiefly differs is by adding touch screen functionality and a swifter AF performance to an already capable all-in-one offering. If speed is of the essence for sports and wildlife photography, and the latest and greatest version appeals, the Mark IV may just have the edge over its impressive predecessors.

Pros

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    Latest and greatest iteration in Sony’s RX10 series at the time of writing

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    Quicker AF performance and touch screen operation streamlines operation further

Cons

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    As chunky and weighty as previous iterations of RX10 models

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Looking to trade in that DSLR and lens collection for just the one camera that can, in theory, do it all? Sony’s RX10 super zoom bridge camera series has been running for nearly a decade at the time of writing. During that period the electronics behemoth has produced four models, with the one we’re examining here being the latest. While the original and Mark II RX10 cameras twinned their 1-inch sensors with an acceptable 8.3x optical zoom, the Mark III and Mark IV iterations stepped things up in the lens department by bolting a 25x optical zoom on the front, even if this increased overall weight and bulk. 

Sony RX10 IV Specs

Sony RX10 IV

(Image credit: Future)

Sensor: 20.1 effective megapixels 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS 

Sensitivity range: ISO100 to ISO12800

Video: 4K maximum resolution at 30fps, or Full HD video at 120fps

Lens: 24-600mm equivalent in 35mm terms, f/2.4-4

Monitor: 3-inch, adjustable 1,440,000-dot resolution touchscreen LCD 

Viewfinder: Yes, 0.39-inches and 2,359,296 dots

Battery life: Up to 400 stills, or 135 minutes of video

Dimensions: 132.5x94x145mm

Weight: 1095g with memory card and battery

Gavin Stoker
Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 year experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography


He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.


With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.